Top 15 Best Shooter/FPS Games in 2023
The shooter/FPS genre is one of the oldest in the gaming industry, but there’s no shortage of fresh and exciting titles to hit the market over the next 12 months. From the edges of space to the radioactive sludge of Chernobyl, here we are going to go through the best shooter/FPS games of 2023 that you must have on your radar.
Boundary proves there is still innovation to be seen in the FPS genre by taking the basics of tactical shooting and bringing zero gravity into the mix. Players take control of a heavily armored astronaut known as the Astroperator and engage in intense firefights as they soar through the cold void of space. The first technical test will take place in January, a release date is expected later this year. You can watch a trailer showing Boundary’s gameplay here.
Bethesda’s blockbuster role-playing games are some of the most popular games of all time, and now the publisher is about to release another that will pave the way for a brand new franchise – the first in over 25 years. Starfield takes us to the final frontiers of space, where players will be challenged to create any character and embark on an epic quest to answer mankind’s greatest question. This is more of a full-fledged first-person role-playing game than a pure shooter, but we expect Bethesda to deliver on its promise of delivering more robust combat mechanics than previous games. You can watch a recent trailer about the quest system here.
Destiny 2: Lightfall
Ok, we’re cheating a bit here, but while Destiny 2 itself isn’t New Shooter, the Lightfall expansion appears to offer a fresh story and gameplay experience that sets it apart from previous installments in the popular series. Set in the cyberpunk city of Neomuna on the planet Neptune, Lightfall features new enemies and allies, as well as another subclass of darkness called Strand. There are also a number of new quality of life features and mechanics, including the new Guardian ranks, which should make Lightfall a great entry point for new players and an immersive adventure for veterans.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
While there have been spin-off STALKER titles following the great 2009 original, a real sequel has been a long wait. Thankfully, that wait is coming to an end as STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is ready to leap out of the shadows later this year. Much like the first game, we find ourselves once again in the aftermath of not one, but two Chernobyl disasters that have transformed the surrounding landscape into a dangerous post-apocalypse where radioactive waste is just part of a nightmarish reality.
Reboots are a dime a dozen in today’s video game landscape, but the return of the IGI franchise is something we’re particularly excited about here at Twinfinite. The series is part of the roots of the tact shooter genre, and this reimagining of the first game looks like not only a touch of nostalgia, but a genuinely brilliant FPS experience.
Set in the 1980s, IGI Origins is a Cold War era military espionage sim where you plan and execute daring stealth missions behind enemy lines. It is slated to launch sometime in 2023.
Arkane Studios is a bastion of creativity in a genre that tends to fall back on tried and true formulas, and Redfall is its latest venture to look forward to. This time around, there’s a stronger focus on multiplayer, something that debuted in an Arkane game in the studios’ most recent outing, Deathloop. This time it sounds more like a PvE experience as players team up to hunt and kill all sorts of bizarre monsters. Redfall is set in a town turned upside down by a failed experiment in which a legion of vampires invaded and isolated it from the outside world.
Standard conventions dictate that team-based multiplayer games pit two different sides against each other in different game modes. But what happens when you design a game that includes three? Alara Prime is a tac-shooter that appears to lean heavily on Counter-Strike, Valorant, and Rainbow Six: Siege, but it features a unique gameplay loop that pits three different teams against each other: one defending an upload site (think CS/Valorant bomb/spike sites) while the other two attack. The attackers can either attack each other outright or work together to dislodge the defenders first.
Alara Prime is the brainchild of several former DICE developers, and you can catch some of the action from a recent playtest here.
RoboCop: Villain City
We’re many years behind the shaky video game adaptations of popular films seen in the years when the RoboCop franchise was in its heyday, so there’s every reason to believe that Rogue City will prove to be a very solid FPS could. We’ll have to wait and see more gameplay footage before we can really get excited, but for now it’s at least firmly on our radar as one to watch – especially with RoboCop’s original voice, Peter Weller, reprising his role as repeats the iconic protagonist. Rogue City is slated for release in June 2023.
The Payday franchise might be one of the most famous and acclaimed co-op shooters of all time, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the third title makes our list. Payday 3 is primed to once again deliver the ultimate heist experience as players plan and execute the perfect criminal operation, this time set years after the crew terrorized Washington DC
Ever thought that although everyone loves dinosaurs, there are hardly any good dino games? Well, Exoprimal is trying to change that with a new player-versus-player-versus-environment multiplayer experience that pits humanity and cutting-edge technology against hordes of ancient predators. Wearing exo-suits that remind us of Anthem (which doesn’t happen often), the main game mode sees two teams of five compete against each other to achieve goals set by an AI named Leviathan. It’s a third-person shooter with a number of classes to choose from, and you can even switch on the fly or apply “rigs” to your characters, granting abilities from other classes.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine II
It seems like there’s a new Warhammer game every year these days, but we’ll hardly complain when the next adaptation of the franchise looks as good as Space Marine II. The sequel title ditches the Marine vs. Ork premise and returns another franchise favourite: the epic battle against hordes of Tyranids, the grotesque creatures reminiscent of Ridley Scott’s Aliens. Gameplay-wise, expect more of the same, but suitably expanded, with a mix of third-person shooting and hack-and-slash melee combat.
Tom Clancy’s The Division: Heartland
After two successful titles created a huge community of players, The Division expands its horizons with a new multiplayer experience. Called Heartland, it’s a free-to-play survival game that borrows much from the original The Division titles, but also features some notable new mechanics, mostly focused on survival gameplay.
Heartland features two modes: “Storm Operations,” a player-versus-player-versus-environment experience that pits 45 players against each other while repelling attacks from a villain faction known as the Vultures. The second mode is Excursion Operations, a player versus environment mode where players can complete missions and collect equipment.
Max Payne remake
The original Max Payne is a legendary early 2000s third-person shooter popular for its dark comic storytelling and imaginative bullet-time mechanics. It’s a remake that we’re absolutely thrilled to get the green light – especially since it’s the two original games in one package. So far, there are few details about the games as they were still in the early stages of development when they were announced last year. 2023 might be a bit optimistic for a launch date, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Remedy and Rockstar North will have it ready soon.
Crime boss: Rockay City
If Payday 3 is on your hit list of FPS games to beat in 2023, you might as well throw in Crime Boss: Rockay City. It’s a cooperative heist and turf war crime shooter in which you plot a daring takeover of a metropolis to become its next mob king. Players can choose a crew of sidekicks based on their skills and expertise, including a stellar cast of star actors including Michael Rooker, Kim Basinger, Danny Glover, Damion Poitier, and Vanilla Ice.
Atomic Heart is set in an alternate reality in the 1950s, after the USSR used advanced robotics to defeat Nazi Germany, amidst the chaos of the same technology turned against humanity. It’s up to the players to fight back the machines in a gaming experience that reminds us of Bioshock in the best way.
That concludes the list of Twinfinite’s 15 best shooters that will stay on your radar in 2023. We’ll be updating this list throughout the year, so check back later for more games to be added.
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